Church group work

A study in the renewal of the class meeting : by the prayer school and the Bible reading

Author
Jae-poong Kim
Abstract
In the midst of keeping an eye on the Class Meeting - though given as the crucial means of grace within the Methodist Church - being increasingly formalized and fossilized, this researcher came to reach a keen awareness of the necessity for their renewal. Accordingly, on the theological basis of the Class Meeting - as little churches in a church, in its relation to Methodist Connectionalism, and as the means of grace - this research was committed to an attempt to renew the Class Meeting - namely, the prudential means of grace - by searching the Scripture and prayer, which are Wesley’s instituted means of grace, along with its application to the Class Meeting within Sillim First Methodist Church. As the result, it was found that renewal of the Class Meeting actually took place and participating members of the church experienced God’s grace in the Class Meeting and achieved spiritual growth by New Testament Reading and Prayer School Project.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

All for the best : theatre as a community building and disciple making ministry through process over performance

Author
Kyle Durbin
Abstract
While the majority of emphasis given to theatre ministry is based on its capacity to deliver faithful entertainment, theatre ministry is more effective as a means of disciplemaking through the production process. Based, in part, on thorough analysis of the establishment of a new theatre ministry, Frostburg Theatre Company, at Frostburg UMC, and specifically through a production of “Godspell,” the author seeks to prove that theatre ministry is most effective in focusing on the production process rather than the final presentation as evangelism or entertainment.

[Note about entry: Abstract submitted to the Atla RIM database on behalf of the author. The text appears in its entirety as it does in the original abstract page of the author’s project paper. Neither words nor content have been edited.]

Training selected adults at First Baptist Church, in Stevenson, Alabama, with equipping competencies to develop ministry volunteers

Author
Joshua K Posey D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to train selected adults at First Baptist Church in Stevenson, Alabama, with equipping competencies to develop ministry volunteers. The project director will conduct research into the field of ministry volunteers to discover equipping competencies relevant to his ministry context. He will then develop a curriculum to implement in a multi-session workshop for participants. The project director will enlist for this workshop adult participants who are currently in leadership positions or anticipated to hold leadership positions in the future. Participants will learn about the theological foundations for ministry volunteers and skills for developing a healthy volunteer ministry. The project director will measure his success in reaching his project and professional goals by the utilization of expert evaluators, participant feedback, group participation observations, and personal reflection.

Fostering Hope Covenant Discipleship as a Vehicle to Connect Congregations and Young Adults Aging Out of Foster Care

Author
Bryan L Brooks
Abstract
Christian congregations can use small groups to build mutually nourishing connections among young adults aging out of foster care and church members. Working with a nearby foster care organization, the author adapted a traditional Wesleyan small group approach, Covenant Discipleship, to establish a cohort of congregants from his local church and young adults aging out of foster care, a population often overlooked by communities of faith. By flexibly applying Covenant Discipleship techniques and engaging the foster care residents as adults with power to shape the experience, a new model for connecting congregations and young adults transitioning from foster care emerged.

Creating a process to change the culture of small group ministry form inward to focus to outward focusat Eagle Ridge Church

Author
Steven M Lennerts
Abstract
This project was an attempt to create a process by which a small group ministry engaged in meeting felt needs in the community, outside of the context of their respective small groups. After completing a six-week teaching series, the groups engaged in doing a missions project. Meeting a felt need in the missions project allowed them to minister to the recipeints of the project through prayer, encouragement, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. The purpose for the project was to teach believers how to reach the world with Christ's love beyond the walls of the church.

Spiritual Formation Shaped by the Potter's Hands Exploring the Impact of Spiritual Friendships in Small Groups Using Lectio Divina

Author
Hubert P Wu
Abstract
Based on phenomenological research, findings suggest that spiritual companionship, enhanced through individuals' shared practice of particular spiritual disciplines, deepens the spiritual growth of members of small groups within a congregation. In particular, a storied way of Lectio Divina successfully cultivates a deeper relationship with God, and an increased sensitivity to God's work in individual lives. As group members, ranging from new believers to mature Christ followers, share these life stories with one another, spiritual companionship deepens. In turn, this deepened spiritual companionship encourages mutual edification toward Christlikeness, and provides further contribution to a greater understanding of discipleship within the congregation.

Equipping selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with gender-based group disciple-making skills

Author
Eddie Mosley
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to equip selected adults from LifePoint Church, Smyrna, Tennessee, with disciple-making skills for gendered-based groups. Equipping selected adults with disciple-making skills for gender-based groups will potentially address the need for multiplication of disciple groups. Making disciples through gender-based groups to know and understand scripture will strengthen the individuals in their pursuit to be more like Christl. Disciple-making will become a key practice to help LifePoint attendees grow spiritually and multiply disciples. The project director used an equipping model with three phases to accomplish this project. Phase one of the equipping model was to research several different models of disciple-making, including small groups, Sunday School, gender-based groups, and mentoring, in order to discover common skills used to produce disciples. Phase two consisted of the project director synthesizing the skills discovered in the research into a training course. Phase three was the training workshop with selected adults. The project evaluation confirmed the project equipped the selected adults with disciple-making skills needed for gender-based groups.

Recruting and Training an Advisory Board for a Local Music Academy

Author
Sean-David J McGoran
Abstract
Leaders must intentionally pursue community and the help of others in mission to avoid falling into the path of individualism. This project addresses the need to provide leadership through an advisory board for guilding the mission of a missional music academy. The project flows out of three theological rationales: 1. Jesus assembled a team of leaders and trained them for pioneer mission work, 2. an active love for people requires intentional commitment of teams and efforts to meet their needs, and 3 voluntary submissions is the way of the Spirit and should be the way of every team.
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